Revising and editing are hands-down the most difficult part of the writing process for my students. I get it. When I am finished doing something, I rarely like going back to fix it. However, I found that one of the reasons that my students did not like editing, was because they really didn't see the point in it. They had a hard time picking out the errors. But, editing is necessary for great writing pieces. Here are a few things that I've done in my classroom to help my kids get better at editing.
Change Their Mindset
A lot of students are reluctant to revise and edit their work because they feel like they are having to go back to "fix mistakes". Instead of thinking of editing as righting all of the wrongs, it is important to make it clear that revising and editing turn good writing pieces into great writing pieces. Something I need to continue to work on is changing my own language from "let's fix our writing pieces" to "let's make our writing pieces better".